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Antlers Offer

6 August 2013

Kate Evans, 'The Log Cabin', Watercolour and Pencil on Board. 47 x 55 cm.  £525 or £52.50 per month over 10 months with Own Art.
Kate Evans, 'The Log Cabin', Watercolour and Pencil on Board. 47 x 55 cm. £525 or £52.50 per month over 10 months with Own Art. - Courtesy of the artist and Antlers Gallery.

Jack Gibbon is the founding Director of Antlers Gallery, who have recently joined the Own Art scheme. The gallery is Bristol based but with no fixed location and pops up across the UK - it is nomadic!

Jack has been running the gallery with Juliet Burke for the last three years. You’ll also find him at Philadelphia Street Gallery, which is a hireable exhibition space that supports others in hosting pop ups.

We’re delighted that this innovative gallery are now offering Own Art and asked Director, Jack Gibbon a couple of questions about life as a nomadic space. Take advantage of their special offer at the end of the interview.

Running a gallery with a nomadic life is a growing concept but it must be hard work!

It certainly is, but it definitely has its benefits. Using pop up spaces allows us to keep our running costs down and benefit from the increased awareness that being in a new location brings. We're able to attract new audiences every time and the media are more interested in us too. Our recognisable brand and house style has also enabled us to create a loyal following, however.

The challenges of a new space also brings added room for creativity, curatorially. We can work in a responsive way, benefitting artists, the gallery and clients alike. For example, our current show 'Spatial' is based around an architecture and space theme and we are housing it in a vast industrial building by Temple Meads train station.  The scars of previous use make the venue perfect for offsetting the work and the large central space has allowed us to hang the show in a sculptural way.

Without the overheads of a permanent space we can program the shows that we really want to – rather than feeling like we have to do something to pay the rent.

Running a nomadic project does have its challenges though. There is always a lot of work to do and it can be frustrating always being on the hunt for a space – but we wouldn’t trade it.

How do you select your artists?

We select emerging artists and those that are further on in their careers that we feel have strong and original practices. We show a lot of contemporary drawing and artists that take a contemporary approach to traditional practices such as painting and sculpture. Recurring themes in the work include natural history, folklore and space.

We have a very exacting standard that we need our artists to attain, however you never know when you are going to see work you really love. I came across Anouk Mercier whilst on a studio visit to see another artist and fell in love with her work instantaneously – we’ve been working together ever since.

Tell us what you’ve got coming up!

Our next project is a solo show with photographer Charles Emerson - we are super excited about this as his flower series have been really popular both locally and abroad.

We’ll be attending Buy Art Fair in Manchester this September and in November we’re having a collaborative show at a London based gallery. That should the see us through to our annual ‘Winter Shop’ in December – so lots of exciting shows on the cards. 

Own something from an Antlers artist!

Antlers Gallery are offering readers of the Own Art newsletter a special 10% discount off any work by artist Kate Evans (example featured above).

The first 5 people to make a purchase of her work will be able to take up the 10% discount offer.  All works are framed and this is included in the price / discount but the cost of delivery is additional and not included in the 10% discount offer.

Please quote OA/AG in any sale or correspondence to be eligible for this offer. Please see www.antlersgallery.com or contact info@antlersgallery.com

W: www.antlersgallery.com

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